Latter Judges / Philistines (w/ Reserve)

Latter Judges / Philistines (w/ Reserve)

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There were 12 Judges during the approximately 350 years of the time of the Judges in Israel's history. They were heroes God raised up in response to the Israelites being oppressed by one of their enemies. Prominent among those foes were the Philistines. This Contender deck focuses on some of the latter Judges, such as Samson, Jair, and Jephthah, with none other than infamous Philistines as the defense. You can follow along with Samson's epic story with Delilah and her wickedness, the Fire Foxes, his imprisonment by the Philistines, and even his faith, strength, and being avenged at his death!

Card value: $78.25 (55 cards)
Price: $50.00

Son of God (I/J)
New Jerusalem (old promo)
Angel of the Lord
Christian Martyr
Strife (I)
Harvest Time (P)

Lost Souls
Fool (RoA)
Thorns (Pi)
Wicked (FoM)
Foreigner (PoC)
Same Reference (RoA)
Resurrection (J)
Site Guard (RoA)

Endless Treasures (PoC)

I Am Redemption (AW)
Besieged (PoC)

Judge's Seat (RoA)
Ashkelon (FoM)

Dual-Icon Cards
Firefoxes (CoW)
Prisoner at Gaza (FoM)

Shamgar (FoM)
Jair (RoA)
Jephthah (J)
Ibzan (FooF)
Samuel (CoW)
Tola (Ki)
Samson, the Nazarite (CoW)
Angel with the Secret Name (RoA)

Good Enhancements
Deborah’s Directive (FooF)
Samuel’s Edict (RoA)
Samson’s Strength (J)
Faith of Samson (CoW)

Faith of Jephthah (CoW)
Shamgar’s Oxgoad (J)
Righteous Judge (PoC)

Evil Characters
Delilah (I)
Philistine Soothsayers (PoC)
Rapha of Gath (P)
Philistine Armor Bearer (FooF)
Saph (I)
Ishbibenob (I)
The Twelve-Fingered Giant (FooF)
Devouring Philistines (PoC)

Evil Enhancements
Ishbibenob's Sword (I)
Stricken (PoC)
Devourer (Wa)
Scattered Sheep (PoC)
Lahmi’s Spear (I)
Wickedness of Delilah (I)

King Achish (CoW)
Ishbibenob’s Spear (I)
Carcasses (Pi)
Altar of Dagon (FoM)
Avenged! (FoM)

Deck strategy and tips:

  • Angel with the Secret Name is an amazing Hero, able to exchange with any of your gold judges in hand, deck, or discard pile - plus making all good Judges cards Cannot Be Negated (CBN)! Use him to get whatever you need for the situation.
  • Shamgar's fight by the numbers (FBTN) ability is very strong for rescuing. Judges Good Enhancements still work on him, too.
  • Jephthah's territory destruction is powerful. Time it right to take out 2 of your opponent's toughest Evil Characters!
  • Prisoner at Gaza is great for soul gen, as well as Reserve access and general versatility of being either a Hero or Evil Character - whatever you need.
  • Ashkelon is a powerful City which speeds up your deck when played as a fortress. Just be careful to not break the Philistine unity requirement, such as by putting Fire Foxes in territory. Fire Foxes is much more effective played by surprise out of your hand.
  • Altar of Dagon is a very strong artifact, as it protects your Philistines in battle from Angel of the Lord and Three Woes!
  • Saph equipped with a weapon such as Lahmi's Spear makes for a tough combo for the opponent, as they must play an interrupt or negate to stop the spear, but it also has to be Cannot Be Prevented, as Saph prevents their first Good Enhancement.
  • Philistine Armor-Bearer is the superstar of this defense, able to CBN exchange with any other Philistine in your deck or discard pile, and keep any evil enhancements already in battle! Use him to get whatever you need for the situation.